The 2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir is that rare under -$20 Oregon Pinot Noir that truly delivers the goods! I’m talking about classic Oregon Pinot character — spice and earth infused red fruit on the nose, medium bodied and silky on the palate, and a long and fulfilling finish. So many of the wines I taste in this price range are pleasant, but they lack depth and nuance. Not this one! Ryan Harms and his team at Union Wine Company struck gold with their 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and this one must be tasted to be believed. Guess what? You can stop by Friday, July 21 any time between 4-7 p.m. and give it a try. Trust me, you won’t regret it. It’s the new Wine of the Week, and it’s Oregon’s greatest Pinot Noir value. Here’s the deal:
2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir — On Sale Through August 5th
Regular Price: $19.99/bottle
Sale Price: $17.99/bottle or $15.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack, or $14.99/bottle on your solid case!
In case you haven’t heard, Vintage 2015 is being called another stellar vintage for Oregon Pinot Noir. On the heels of the wonderful 2014 vintage, which I didn’t think could be topped, 2015 was another dry and hot one in Oregon. It was also one that yielded a bountiful crop of very high quality grapes. Healthy, perfectly ripened grapes and lots of them — it’s vintages like these where Union Wine Company thrives.
Founded in 2005, this negociant operation doesn’t own any vineyards. They buy all of their fruit, and Ryan Harms is a very well connected guy. He cut his teeth as assistant winemaker at Bergstrom, then as head winemaker at Torri Mor and Rex Hill prior to starting his own operation. Ryan won’t tell me who or exactly where he sourced his grapes, but he did reveal that 100% of the fruit came from the Willamette Valley. His ability to blend little bits and pieces together into a harmonious and delicious wine is truly admirable.
In 2015, Ryan had abundant fruit sources to pick from, and he knocked it outta’ the park! 100% Pinot Noir, this one is fermented in stainless steel and is then aged in French oak (25% new) for 8 months. The resulting wine literally boggled my mind when I tasted it a couple of weeks back. Typically, under-$20 Oregon Pinot Noir is simple and fruit forward, but this one really packs a punch. Lovely aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, strawberry, cinnamon and nutmeg are abundant in this medium bodied red wine. Smooth and silky on the palate, it is generously fruited and concentrated with great acidity providing energy and lift to the wine.
I’m not kidding when I say that this is the best under-$20 Oregon Pinot Noir I’ve ever tried. Ideal as a cocktail red, it would also pair nicely with grilled salmon, chicken or pork chops. Trust me, you’re going to like it! Stop by Friday, July 21 (4-7 p.m.) to try it, stop by the store to pick some up, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll hold your order for you. Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville this summer!
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